Recommended Reading

Monday, October 11, 2010

I've read MANY books. 
When in the reading grove I'll read almost a book a week.
And while I admit to a love of fiction,
but I also love biographies and some good true-story inspiration. 

Two of the best books I have ever read are by an old Dutch woman by the name of Corrie Ten Boom. 
(The Hiding Place, Tramp for the Lord, and I'm currently reading In My Father's House)

When I was about ten years old my mom bought me the movie The Hiding Place. It tells the true story of the Ten Boom family. A Christian watchmaker and his two spinster daughters who hid Jews in German occupied Holland during World War II. Not to give the story away but the hiding place was eventual discovered and Corrie, her father, and sister were arrested. Corrie spent nearly a year in captivity, a large portion of that period in a concentration camp. And keep in mind, she was fifty years old at the time. 

As a kid I loved that movie. It was difficult to watch, a bit scary, but it demonstrated the power of God in a very real way. Of course, the book is even better. 

I am not big on "heroes" but I deeply admire this woman and her incredible faith.
And one of the things I love most about her is her simplicity.
She loved Jesus and wanted to honor him with her life.
She never studied theology, rarely quoted famous preachers when speaking, and had a fairly quiet life until her fifties. But she read the Word faithfully, loved people passionately,
and was willing to live for truth even in the face of extreme adversity.

While The Hiding Place is a "Christian" book in the fact that it talks about Christ I recommend everyone read it - Christian or not. It's an inspiring story that will challenge your faith (because we all have faith in something) and touch your heart. 

1 comment:

Dallas said...

Where is the "reading grove"? I'd like to spend some time there... LOL!!! just kidding... I know you meant "groove"... Can't wait to see you and the boys soon!!!!

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